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Terry
San Jose (California)

Azores

Two weeks in the Azores

We're planning a spring trip to the Azores. What show we try to see in two weeks? Best islands to visit? Best was to get around an island once you arrive? Any other suggestions?


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answered by
Andy from Saint Catharines

Sao Miguel in the Azores is amazing! Definitely rent a car and when you do, get the smallest car, as there are lots of tight areas to drive around. Driving is very easy even in areas like Ponta Delgada

Top things to do.

1. Drive out to Sete Cidades. Check out the lagoa there and the abandoned hotel that is right across from the lookout. It is very interesting & has an "eerie" sense to it.

2. If you like seafood, check out some of the fresh fish restaurants in Lagoa. There are many right along the sea which have great selections & unique food. 

3. Furnas is a must see. You can go bathe in hot springs, eat stew (various meats and vegetables) cooked with the heat from the hot springs & take the drive from there up the mountain towards Ponta Delgada to see some incredible views of most of the island. 

4.Lagoa do Fogo offers an exciting drive and many hike options from the lookout points! 


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  1. Ponta Delgada (city)
  2. Sete Cidades (city)
  3. Lagoa (city)
  4. Furnas (city)
  5. Lagoa do Fogo (attraction)
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answered first by
claus

I would suggest that you combine the 3 islands Pico Island Faial Islandand São Jorge IslandThese 3 islands are all very interesting and diverse in both nature and culture.

Pico has a huge volcano towering over the island that is the highest peak in Portugal and you have vinyards that produces wine in the middle of the lava fields.

Pico was a big whale hunting place in the past and has a very interesting museum about the whaling culture in Lajes do Pico where you also have the best whale watching tours on the Azores.


Sao Jorge is a remote island with some fantastic hiking and some of the best cheese in Portugal is produced there.

The island has very few tourists coming and it's a quite unique experience to go there.


Faial has a crater rim where you can hike up to and walk around and at capelinhos you have the site of the most recent volcanic eruption on the Azores and the museum there is one of the best museums I have seen anywhere in the world.


These 3 islands can all be easily navigated with ferries once you are there as they are all very close to eachother and the ferries they have there are very good and run all year round.


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  2. Faial Island (attraction)
  3. São Jorge Island (attraction)
  4. Lajes do Pico (city)
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